How a superhero movie was finally nominated for Best Picture

  • Published on Feb 21, 2019
  • Black Panther was nominated for Best Picture and that's a big deal. 10 years ago, The Dark Knight was snubbed for a Best Picture nomination. It was a huge blow to superhero fans, highlighting the gap between popular films and award-winning prestige films in a way that mobilized movie-goers. So what happened between 2009 and this year’s Black Panther nomination? To understand, we have to look at The Big Picture.
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Comments • 327

  • The Verge
    The Verge  7 months ago +45

    What superhero film do you think deserves Best Picture?

    • Science 101
      Science 101 3 months ago

      Maybe Endgame

    • Harshal Lunkad
      Harshal Lunkad 4 months ago

      Avengers Endgame

    • Iago Luíz
      Iago Luíz 5 months ago

      @SWORD00115 Oh, and you think only those boring drama and history movies should be nominated?

    • Gaetan Guiffo
      Gaetan Guiffo 5 months ago

      ​@Shreenidhi Pathoor Understanding Black Panther is not only a matter of drama, emotional feeling, but it has a soul of Africa pictured inside. We are talking about tradition, kingdoms, Responsibility, Advance Tech, succession in Africa. People should dig a bit to better understand before saying there is not a serious story behind.

    • Lars VanKessel
      Lars VanKessel 5 months ago

      Deadpool. :)

  • Steve Yochim
    Steve Yochim 21 day ago

    FAIL.... at least get your movies right! ROCKY came out in 1976..... ROCKY BALBOA came out in 2006. If you're going to pretend to be journalists, get your facts right. 🙄🙄🙄

  • Stephen Low
    Stephen Low 2 months ago

    The movie was just ok, not a winner.
    If the academy was serious about relevance in films and how a film affects and is accepted by society, they should have an award for best motion picture over the last ten years and not under a year old. Any film that wins should be removed from the pool for next time. If there are no contenders, then the award should go unclaimed. As an example, The Shawshank Redemption did not win any nominated award but is now considered one of, if not the best film of the 1990s and I don't know anyone who saw it at the theater but no-one who hasn't seen it since. It was an unaccepted prestige film that is now popularly accepted.

  • Mathieu Nault-Maloney
    Mathieu Nault-Maloney 2 months ago

    Black panther was ok i guess

  • eddie dean
    eddie dean 3 months ago

    Affirmative action for movies

  • Wakandan Warrior
    Wakandan Warrior 3 months ago +1

    Black Panther was an outstanding and compelling movie; it deserved those 3 Oscars.

  • knessi ng
    knessi ng 4 months ago

    Martin Luther King would be turning in his grave right now. Black Panther was not nominated on merits but on skin color as hollywood, and tech/online platforms are going "woke" and engaging in a massive social regressive engineering & building.

  • Leon Francis
    Leon Francis 4 months ago

    Every now and then, I like to come back to this comment section when I need salt for seasoning.

    Why you heff to be mad? Is only movie.

    ABDUL BASIT 5 months ago

    I think she said "it took them 10 years" for like, a million times!

  • manos papas
    manos papas 5 months ago

    Black Panther was a mediocre film,didn't deserve a single nomination!

  • a9udn9u
    a9udn9u 5 months ago

    Yea, one that doesn't deserve it though. I'm glad it didn't win, although I don't care about Oscar.

  • Emile Blin
    Emile Blin 6 months ago +1

    "people considered black panther one of the best movies of the year"... Umm no. I have not seen a single sane person who had seen more than one movie in 2018 who thought black panther one of the best movies of the year, except for Political Correctness addicts.

  • Tony Williams
    Tony Williams 6 months ago

    Nice job 👍

  • bob smith
    bob smith 6 months ago +1

    Black panther only got an Oscar nod for one
    that's it

  • JAlexanderG
    JAlexanderG 6 months ago +3

    I love how we're all supposed to just pretend we don't know why Black Panther was nominated.

  • Wong Tik Ki
    Wong Tik Ki 6 months ago

    I tell you how: racial politics.

  • Fabian Valenzuela
    Fabian Valenzuela 6 months ago +5

    You guys forgot that Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor posthumously for The Dark Knight.

  • Dead Bear
    Dead Bear 6 months ago

    black panther getting a best picture nomination was a bigger diversity play than putting white dancers on Soul Train

  • doug2060
    doug2060 6 months ago

    I wonder how black people are going to feel when they realize they only won awards because of white guilt instead of the quality of their movies? They will probably complain about that too and make some absurd demand and whitey will bend over to oblige yet again.

  • TheAsianRepublican
    TheAsianRepublican 6 months ago +3

    Infinity Wars as so much better, goes to show that Affirmative Action is Racism.

  • Camilo Rueda
    Camilo Rueda 6 months ago

    The explanation in the video is right, that's why the system is wrong. Just a historical-political matter -in US-.

  • Yasir Irshad
    Yasir Irshad 6 months ago

    It definitely didn't deserve the best picture nomination let alone the award. But whatever it won over is ok.

  • Rex H
    Rex H 7 months ago

    I get that Black Panther was a cultural phenomenon that broke records, but it wasn't even the best superhero film of the year; that would be Spider-verse. Regardless, Roma should win and Eighth Grade deserves more nominations. Moviegoers can whine all they want about a disconnect between viewers and critics, but I think that says more about the former's tastes than the latter's.

  • eating sugar no papa
    eating sugar no papa 7 months ago +2

    If anything, Mission Impossible fallout was more deserving

  • Rogue Studios
    Rogue Studios 7 months ago

    hmm rare to see a youtube video with the same number of likes and dislikes o_O
    oh and dark knight should be the gold standard for super hero movies XD

  • Akbarov Hasan
    Akbarov Hasan 7 months ago +1

    Let’s be honest, Black Planter doesn’t deserve this award and it nominated because all actors was black . I suppose that real racists are black people because of their desires some excellent movies didn’t nominate. For example , infinity war much better than BP . I’m not racist , just sometimes all world watch American policy about black people and think that you are crazy

  • twitte0king
    twitte0king 7 months ago

    what an over produced for a boring topic...

  • ghostechful
    ghostechful 7 months ago

    Has anyone here heard of the movie called UPGRADE? that movie was just amazing.

  • kedley zimmerman
    kedley zimmerman 7 months ago

    wakanda forever !!!!!!

  • James Mutombo
    James Mutombo 7 months ago

    Black Panther wasn't that good

    MATT BRENNAN 7 months ago

    Calm down

  • mahery rakoto
    mahery rakoto 7 months ago

    do you all talk the same or take the same speech class the same ponctuation are you all robot with no identity?

  • Nicholas Wong
    Nicholas Wong 7 months ago

    Should be an embarrassment for all fans of superheros films that it's Black Panther that broke the glass ceiling.

  • Katka Tran
    Katka Tran 7 months ago

    How can you nominate Roma and Black Panther in the same category???

  • Kian Ontong
    Kian Ontong 7 months ago

    Four better options: Logan, Spiderman 2, The Dark Knight, Infinity War

  • Jacob Beaver
    Jacob Beaver 7 months ago

    Award shows are bs but if Black Panther deserves an award it's for Best Mediocre Film

  • Neo Bowler
    Neo Bowler 7 months ago

    Black Panther getting nominated for Best Picture feels same as Luka Modric winning Ballon D'or. Not saying they weren't good or anything, but ain't the best of the year either.

  • madhav jupalli
    madhav jupalli 7 months ago +1


  • Joseph Campos
    Joseph Campos 7 months ago

    Black panther sucked. Like all superhero movies.

  • Walternate
    Walternate 7 months ago

    Probabaly only The Dark Knight and Logan deserve best picture noms.

  • Umar Bajwa
    Umar Bajwa 7 months ago

    Honestly, quality aside because that's really irrelevant (which is funny to say about an award show), Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody are only nominated because Oscar ratings are low because films like The Shape of Water sweep but nobody's seen them so they don't care and tune out, and so they've put those two in so more people feel invested. It's so unbelievably obnoxious to hear those people holler about Black Panther like it's the great black film of our time when there have been amazing winners like 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight which they haven't supported.

  • Rahul ji
    Rahul ji 7 months ago +1

    can anyone tell me some amazing science fiction films??

  • Jayne O'Connor
    Jayne O'Connor 7 months ago

    Can we not with with The Dark Knight already? You want to talk about being overrated? Too serious. Too dark. No fun. Gag. Plus, not all of us are Batman fans. I’ll take the Captain America trilogy over the Dark Knight trilogy any day of the week. I can’t speak on Logan because I just don’t care about Wolverine enough to watch it. As a whole, I much prefer the MCU movies for my superhero needs. I consider CA:the Winter Soldier, Thor: Ragnorak, Avengers: Infinity War, CA: Civil War the best of the MCU. BP doesn’t even come close to them.

    • Dead Bear
      Dead Bear 6 months ago

      If you're not a Batman fan that's cool, but the Dark Knight's tone is absolutely true to a large percentage of Batman's extended mythology - and some people like that tone. Enjoy your pg-13 disney humor, I like it too.

  • B P
    B P 7 months ago

    Bfff I dont know, IMO black panther is one of the most average and generic movies of marvel...

  • Clinton Whoo
    Clinton Whoo 7 months ago

    I felt it was one of the worst superhero movies ever?????????????

  • Not This Guy
    Not This Guy 7 months ago

    When are you guys going to offer a apology for the stunts you have have done over the last few months? You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • Amesh Mds
    Amesh Mds 7 months ago

    The geeky and nerdy computer and comic loving generation has grown up and is working in the film industry now, this is one of the reasons for the rise of superhero movies!

  • Robert legitd00d
    Robert legitd00d 7 months ago

    When the majority of the US population is white and the majority of actors are, then what are you gonna expect, mathematically white people will win nearly all of the time, and that's fine, I just care about movie quality, purposely pushing movies with many minorities is ridiculous

  • Rraviteja Marv
    Rraviteja Marv 7 months ago

    Normal Guy's: First of all how 'Black Panther' got 7 Nominations including best picture......?
    Oscar's: It was a big cultural phenomenon(Instead of one of the best movie) & also we need a scapegoat to bring previous buzz for Academy Award's, so this is the way.....

  • DerpyDoge
    DerpyDoge 7 months ago

    He’s only nominated for being black honestly.

  • Metaforically Speaking
    Metaforically Speaking 7 months ago

    It didn't deserve it

  • Ryan Ruark
    Ryan Ruark 7 months ago

    Wow these comments are getting brigaded by some serious shitheads.

  • Vedraj r.m
    Vedraj r.m 7 months ago

    Black panther is not that a good movie,
    And it definitely shouldn't be compared with the Dark Knight

  • S.M. Shoaib
    S.M. Shoaib 7 months ago

    Even including The Dark Knight and Black Panther in the same sentence should be criminalized. The Dark Knight >>>>>> Any Superhero movie.

  • Vineeth Mohanmc
    Vineeth Mohanmc 7 months ago

    Who is this stupid! Dark Knight is not a provocative film, it's a film that changed the course of superhero film, with extraordinary script, complex story telling, extraordinary acting ect..

  • אור פאר
    אור פאר 7 months ago

    black panther is trash compared to dark night or logan, so it has a black cast, so what. the best movie is not the best presentation of minorities, maybe black people were not nominated cus no one deserved one.

  • Stefan R
    Stefan R 7 months ago

    The Dark Knight is still timeless. Black Panther ‹ Dark Knight

  • zhu cenglin
    zhu cenglin 7 months ago

    Because its a black movie?

  • All Hail Jordan
    All Hail Jordan 7 months ago

    Why is there so many reasons why black panther shouldn’t have a Oscar, it is so good!

  • Jose Guilarte
    Jose Guilarte 7 months ago

    Black Panther is an ok movie with some great scenes in it, but it is not Oscar material. You know what this is... pander level 3000! And I find it’s nomination super offensive as a black person.